Elder Care Manor TX - Elder Care: What You Should Know About Depression in Seniors

Elder Care: What You Should Know About Depression in Seniors

Now is a great time to find out more about depression among seniors. Experts say that depression affects more than six million seniors who are 65 or older. Seniors have a higher risk of developing depression than other segments of the population. And many seniors who have depression go undiagnosed or untreated. Medication can help seniors who are depressed in many cases so it’s important that seniors get diagnosed if they are showing symptoms of depression. If you or their elder care providers have noticed symptoms of depression in your senior loved one or if your senior loved one has one of the many risk factors for developing depression you should talk to your loved one’s doctor.

Symptoms of Depression

The most common symptoms of depression in seniors include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not get better, even with treatment

Some of these symptoms can be side effects of medication, so you might want to double check the medication that your senior loved one is taking and make sure they are not getting too much and that they are still taking their medications as prescribed. An elder care provider who visits on a regular basis can be a big help for seniors who need help managing their medications. An elder care provider can also log all the medications that your senior loved one takes along with any changes in behavior or attitude that they notice. That information can be very helpful to your senior parent’s doctor.

Risk Factors For Depression

Even though many seniors and their families assume that feeling “blue” or not having a lot of energy are just part of aging they’re really not. Risk factors like these can increase the chances that your senior loved one will develop depression:

  • Living alone
  • Being socially isolated
  • Grieving after the death of a loved one
  • Not eating regularly or not eating healthy food
  • Not getting enough sleep or getting restful sleep
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Having two or more serious medical conditions
  • Having chronic pain
  • Being disabled or unable to take care of themselves easily
  • Family history of depression
  • Taking medications that can cause depression

These risk factors don’t mean that your senior loved one will absolutely develop depression. However, if your senior parent has two or more of these risk factors they have a higher than normal chance of becoming depressed so it’s a good idea to pay close attention to their attitude and behavior. If you or their elder care aides notice any changes in their attitude or demeanor then you should talk to their doctor about the changes you have noticed. Seniors don’t have to struggle with depression by themselves.

Sources: https://www.cdc.gov/aging/depression/index.html
https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-elderly

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Elder Care Services in Manor TX please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today. 512-394-4124 

Elder Care Manor TX - Don't Overlook Inherent Rights an Elder Has When They Need Care

Don’t Overlook Inherent Rights an Elder Has When They Need Care

When elder care is a discussion your family begins having, it’s important not to overlook the rights of that elderly family member. It’s easy to get caught up in worrying about safety and security for somebody you love, especially as they get older, but they still have inherent rights.

In fact, seniors have the same rights they had throughout much of their adult life, even if they need some level of support and assistance on a regular basis. They might only need help once a week or once every other week, every day, or around-the-clock, but that doesn’t mean they surrender all of their rights.

In order to avoid overlooking the inherent rights that an elderly person has when they need some type of care, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.

1. Always include them in all discussions about elder care.

When you’re talking about elder care, whether it’s moving to an assisted living facility, hiring an elder care aide, or seeking out a live in caregiver, you always want to include the senior in the process.

It may seem easier to discuss these things with a brother or sister, your other elderly parent, or even friends, but you aren’t the ultimate decision-maker, unless you are the senior himself or herself.

While you may very well find it easier to discuss these things with other people in your family or network of friends first, always circle around to the senior. You’ll also want to make sure you defer to their judgment and preferences rather than your own.

Yes, it’s easy to get concerned about their safety and assume you know what’s best for them, being an objective person, but are you really objective? Too often, families discourage their aging loved ones from pursuing activities they see as potentially harmful or dangerous, even though they could be completely safe, with the right elder care on hand.

2. Encourage them by informing them.

The best way to encourage somebody is by providing accurate information. When you’re talking about elder care support services, there are many options available. Don’t withhold information about some types because you are trying to push another agenda toward them.

Let’s say, for example, you think assisted living is absolutely the best option for this aging senior, but they want to remain home. Don’t neglect to talk about elder care and the various options available, including around-the-clock, live in care and somebody to support them for just a couple of hours even for a few days a week to start.

You can encourage them by informing accurately and honestly.

3. Listen to them.

This can’t be overstated enough: we don’t listen enough in our society. Our culture has become one of talking. Whether it’s about politics or elder care, sometimes the best thing you can do is be quiet and listen to what the other person has to say.

Share information, express your opinions and viewpoints, but then sit back and listen. You can actually realize what this aging senior in your life truly wants when you stop and listen more often.

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Elder Care Services in Manor TX please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today. 512-394-4124